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Women and girls´ safety must be priority in response to pandemic

Women and girls´ safety must be priority in response to pandemic

United Nations, May 24 (Prensa Latina) The safety of women and girls must be top-priority in the response to the Covid-19 situation that many governments around the world are presently drawing up, the UN Secretary-General (UNSG) António Guterres said.
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On Twitter account, UNSG posted that gender violence has since last year turned into a shadow pandemic that will long continue after current health crisis is through.

Now more than ever, Guterres stressed, there must be zero tolerance for gender-based violence.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, an array of UN agencies has warned about disproportionate impact of the health crisis on women´s safety and well-being worldwide.

They experience an increased gender-based violence, while many resources initially destined for health services, including sex and reproductive health, are diverted, according to UN reports.

Although women play a key role in the response to Covid-19, at this time there are setbacks in gender issues, Guterres warned on March 8, International Women’s Day.


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